Alumni Updates: Jan. 9, 2019

January 09, 2019

— Elizabeth Tyler Bugaighis, an alumna who graduated with a doctorate in educational theory and policy in 2000, is the dean of Education and Academic Success at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

— Sarah Szymanski, a second-grade teacher at Soaring Eagles Elementary in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and former PDS intern and 2008 graduate of the Penn State College of Education, won Colorado's 2018-19 Milken Educator Award. The award includes an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Her PDS mentor at Radio Park Elementary School was Mary Robert, who won the College of Education's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016. For more information about Szymanski's award, visit

Did you get a new job, celebrate a career milestone, get a promotion or award, recently retire, or have other career-related news to share? If so, we want to hear from you. Email us at with your name, information about your achievement, and the degree(s) you earned and year(s) of graduation from the Penn State College of Education.

Last Updated January 09, 2019